Pinoy entrepreneurs bag ASEAN business awards

The ASEAN Business Advisory Council signs a memorandum of collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic to champion the online entrepreneurship mentoring program across ASEAN: At the signing are ASEAN BAC chair Dr. Robert Yap, ASEAN BAC PH chair and AMEN Legacy chair Joey Concepcion, Singapore Polytechnic principal CEO Soh Wai Wah and deputy principal Hee Joh Liang.

After the Philippine chairmanship, Singapore takes pride in hosting ASEAN this year. It has been a fruitful year for Singapore, most especially for the ASEAN Business Advisory Council headed by Dr. Robert Yap.

Just last week, we had several engagements in Singapore that strengthened the pursuit of prosperity for all even more.

Century Pacific Food, Inc. founder and chairman Ricardo Po Sr. meets Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Century received the grand award for family enterprise.

First, I am proud to announce that the Philippines bagged many ASEAN Business Awards, which I mentioned to President Rodrigo Duterte. Filipino entrepreneurs and their respective companies received eight out of the 21 awards.

During the interface, I was able to advise all the ASEAN leaders that the “Prosperity for All” thrust — which was also the theme for last year’s Philippine chairmanship — is going strong, especially with the signing of the agreement between Singapore Polytechnic and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council through the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN).

Author and ASEAN BAC PH chair Joey Concepcion with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon.

The partnership will result in the first online entrepreneurship program, which will be implemented in the Philippines first through different colleges and universities. Once successful, other ASEAN countries will also implement it.


The 2018 MVP Bossings

 The 2018 MVP Bossing awardees: Mary Grace Dimacali of Mary Grace Foods, Margarita Fores of Cibo, Johnlu Koa of French Baker, David Leechiu of Leechiu Property Consultants, Benjie and Maan Lolim of LDP Farms, Richard Sanz of the FoodAsia Group, Dioceldo Sy of Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Raj Uttamchandi of Esquire Financing Inc., Delfin Wenceslao Jr. of DM Wenceslao and Associates Inc. Doris Magsaysay-Ho of A. Magsaysay Inc. was recognized as Grand MVP Bossing, and Metrobank’s George Ty, represented by son Alfred Ty, was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement award. Also in photo are PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, Bossing Joey Concepcion, Bossing Bernie Liu, Bossing Cecilio Pedro and executives of the PLDT Group.

Ten years ago, PLDT started the PLDT MVP Bossing Awards, which is a search for exemplary icons of the business industry and their success stories that can inspire generations of people in the business community and beyond. Go Negosyo is a proud partner of PLDT in holding the awards. Through the years, many of the bossings became our mentors and advocates who have dedicatedly participated in our programs. This is how they give back and support the greater number of small entrepreneurs in the country.

Last Oct. 25 PLDT, led by its chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan, once again recognized entrepreneurs who have prevailed over challenges and made their way to the top. We congratulate all the 2018 MVP Bossings and may they continue to inspire and empower Filipinos to become successful.

2018 MVP Bossing and Go Negosyo mentor Johnlu Koa of the French Baker.


2018 MVP Bossing and Go Negosyo mentor Richard Sanz of the FoodAsia Group with Bossing Joey Concepcion.


2018 MVP Bossing Benjie and Maan Lolim of LDP Farms.


2018 MVP Bossing Raj Uttamchandi of Esquire Financing Inc.


2018 MVP Bossing Mary Grace Dimacali of Mary Grace Foods.


2018 MVP Bossing Margarita Fores of Cibo. Awarded by (L-R) FVP & Head of PLDT SME Nation Mitch Locsin, SVP and Head of PLDT and SMART Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez, Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and FVP and Head of PLDT Alpha Vic Tria.


Doris Magsaysay-Ho of A. Magsaysay Inc. delivered a message as she was awarded as 2018 Grand MVP Bossing.


Alfred Ty of Metrobank delivered a message in behalf of his father, George Ty who is recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


Alfred Ty of Metrobank received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement award in behalf of George Ty. He is joined Mitch Locsin, Jovy Hernandez, Jose Magsaysay Jr., Manny Pangilinan, Joey Concepcion, Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Bernie Liu and Vic Tria.


2018 Grand MVP Bossing Doris Magsaysay-Ho of A. Magsaysay Inc together with other MVP Bossings and PLDT Executives.


2018 MVP Bossing Delfin Wenceslao Jr. of DM Wenceslao and Associates Inc.


2018 MVP Bossing Dioceldo Sy of Ever Bilena Cosmetics.


2018 MVP Bossing David Leechiu of Leechiu Property Consultants.


Atty. Mike Toledo, Bossing Joey Concepcion, and Bossing Johnlu Koa.


2018 MVP Bossing David Leechiu of Leechiu Property Consultants.


Atom Araullo and Megan Young hosted the MVP Bossing Awards 2018.


Corinne Zablan, Manny Pangilinan, Atty. Mike Toledo, Joey Concepcion, and Johnlu Koa.


Bossings Jojo Claudio (Toby’s), Louie Gutierrez (Silverworks), Rey Lapid (R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue), and Joey Concepcion


Jovy Hernandez, Joey Concepcion and Dioceldo Sy


To Inspire and Mentor

PA Joey Concepcion together with Jenny Blancaflor, a micro agri-preneur who attended the free one-on-one mentoring session of Go Negosyo in General Santos City.

Last Monday in General Santos City,  as entrepreneurship adviser to the President and vice chair of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council,  I attended the Money and Market Encounter supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Go Negosyo.

It was a very well attended event, gathering more than 200 region 12 graduate-mentees of the Kapatid Mentor ME Program (KMME) and Kapatid Agri Mentor ME Program (KAMMP).

In my speech, I shared: ‘’From my 13 years of helping micro entrepreneurs in the country, poverty has been the greatest motivator. I cannot assure that all of you will succeed, but from those who are fighting and surviving, we at Go Negosyo will do what we can to give you the right tools to be sustainable.

“With the right mindset and level of creativity and innovation, most of you will shine and persevere in the business community. The government, with the help of DTI, Go Negosyo, and the private sector,  will be here to mentor you especially in areas on how to use and source money to grow your business and on how to reach more markets for your products and services.

“Through hard work and persistence and, of course, prayers, you all will have the chance to make it. Mentorship will not stop at this event. We have an online application, which you can use to get help from our mentors. We will set up a Facebook community  as well of mentees where you can ask mentors for answers.”

I also invited the group to take part in the free one-on-one mentoring session called Mentor Me on Wheels (MMOW), which was being held in SM General Santos, a mere 500 meters away from the venue.

We then proceeded to the MMOW where I was surprised to see more than 600 mentees all lined up for a chance to be mentored by our 70 mentor-entrepreneurs. Before I flew to Cebu that afternoon, I was able to meet five promising entrepreneurs. Let me share with you some of their stories.

One of my mentees was Jenny Blancaflor who works as an offsite operations manager and head of customer happiness department for five years at a digital publishing powerhouse company based in Australia. Due to an unfortunate event last May, she decided to quit her job and attend to the needs of her daughter who has a health condition. Her daughter needs healthy food, which led her to venture into organic farming and poultry. This was when Aianah’s Little by Little Farm was born. As a start-up agri-preneur, she needed funding in order to scale up. Like many other micro-entrepreneurs we have met along the way, funding is one of the most common challenges that hinder their growth. I saw the potential of the business that is why I immediately linked her to financial institutions, which can provide her assistance.

Raymund Elicano produces home interior decorations made of strings. He was also mentored by PA Joey Concepcion.

It was a very fortunate event for another micro-entrepreneur and craftsman Raymund Elicano who was selected as one of my mentees. He honestly did not know about our mentorship program, but was urged by fellow artists to register and try his luck. He, indeed, was lucky as he was handpicked from the crowd. He is a merchandiser for a local brand in General Santos City. At night, he works on his interior decoration crafts which are made from strings and yarns. In order to reach more customers, he plans to formalize the business by registering with the DTI. He also plans to attend an exhibit to be held on the last week of October in Isabela, Cagayan Valley.

Based on our discussion, I saw the passion in his eyes. I mentioned to him that we will shoulder his airfare going to Isabela. I also called my wife, Marissa, who also has an eye for crafts to take a look at Raymund’s work and mentor him. We also linked him to Macky Bongabong, the portrait painter of the President, to guide him. He was extremely happy and could not hold back his emotions.

As serial entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman said during our short forum last week, among the three Ms (money, market and mentorship), mentorship is the most powerful thing. Mentoring the attendees was indeed touching. Knowing their stories, struggles and how they keep themselves motivated gives me inspiration to continue with our revolution. I know that we still have a long way to go, but as more and more entrepreneur-mentors join us on this mission, I am certain that we can help Filipinos scale up and find greater success.

This has always been the goal of Go Negosyo – to inspire and mentor Filipinos and achieve prosperity for all.




Recognizing bright young minds in the Philippines

The 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines are Ronald M. Calamba of University of Bohol, Brian Adam S. Anay of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, Jerric R. Delfin of Central Mindanao University, Mark Lorenzo D. Permalino of Saint Louis University, Katherine Adrielle R. Bersola of University of the Philippines Diliman, Mark Anthony P. Baliuag of Saint Paul University Philippines, Kevin U. Facun of Bulacan State University, Brendan Jansen L. Tangan of Saint Paul University Philippines, Alexander Lacerna B. Bajarias of University of San Carlos, and Zedrick F. Laqui of De La Salle University – Manila. Also in photo: TOSP Foundation President Marie Concepcion-Young; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque; Inang Lupa Movement President and TOSP Chair of the Board of Judges Dr. William Dar; and TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan.

Last April 23, I attended the awarding ceremony of the 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines at the Presidential Museum and Library.

It was a great honor to once again recognize the TOSP this year. Distinguishing the brightest minds of young Filipinos has been its mission for more than 50 years. Being part of the roster, whether 30 or 10, is already a big achievement for the students.

As a parent, I also want to commend their parents and mentors for shaping them to become the persons they are now. Mentoring your children today, in my experience, is pretty challenging especially with the advent of technology.

My advice to the students is, no matter what they’ve accomplished, no matter what degree or honor they get, their right place has already started. What’s important is what they do with what they’re blessed with.

Like Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, they are the exemplary instruments of social change in the country. I truly hope that they continue to do exceptional work in supporting their advocacies and be the future leaders of this generation.

The 30 finalists of the 56th Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with the TOSP founder Jose Concepcion Jr. and wife Marivic Concepcion. Also in photo are TOSP Foundation President Marie Concepcion-Young; Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder Joey Concepcion; Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque; Inang Lupa Movement President and TOSP Chair of the Board of Judges Dr. William Dar; and TOSP Alumni Community President Pamela Asis-Layugan.


Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion gave a special message for the finalists and their parents.


Kevin Facun from Bulacan State University is one of the ten awardees. He received the award together with Candida Facun and Cecilia Gascon.


Jomar Felix from Philippine Normal University – North Luzon gave the official response of this year’s batch.


Presidential Spokesperson ​Harry Roque was the guest speaker of the awarding ceremony.

A testament for the right path

The Padma Awards started in 1954 and this year, they extended the awards to 16 foreigners including 1 from each of the ASEAN countries. In photo: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian cabinet officials, and foreigner Padma awardees.

Last Monday, together with other 84 Padma Awardees, I received the Padma Shri Award in New Delhi, India. I was accompanied by my wife Marissa and my children, Christian, Olivia and Magsy. The ceremony was held at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan Palace, which is the home of the president of India. The ceremony was led by President Ram Nath Kovind, with the attendance of Prime Minister Modi and the Cabinet secretaries of the Indian government.

As my name was called, Prime Minister Modi remembered me as I walked forward and bowed with my hands pressed together. Prime Minister Modi was happy that I got the award. He remembered how successful and well-attended the ABIS was last year. He was very friendly to us and even told my wife Marissa that he admires me and what I do for our country.

This is also a testament that we are on the right path of helping others. I am proud to share this award to the Go Negosyo Kapatid community, including our mentors, sponsors, conglomerates and advocates who are one with us in the advocacy of poverty alleviation through entrepreneurship.

This recognition is not just a personal merit. Instead, I treat it as a reminder of the great works that we are doing for our country.

PA Joey Concepcion received the Padma Shri Award from Indian President Ram Nath Kovind during the investiture ceremony held last April 2, 2018 in New Delhi, India


Indian President Kovind conferred the Padma Shri medal to PA Joey Concepcion.


PA Concepcion bowing in respect to President Kovind and other Indian government leaders.


Concepcion was one of the 84 Padma awardees. Most of the awardees are already of old-age.


PA Concepcion with wife, Marissa.


PA Concepcion with family: Magsy, Marissa, Christian and Olivia.


Padma awardees together with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian cabinet officials.


The ceremony was held in Rashtrapati Bhavan Palace which is the residence of the President.


PA Joey Concepcion with awardees from other countries.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi also witnessed the investiture ceremony.


The Rashtrapati Bhavan Palace at night.

Partnering with Australia for mentorship

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure of NSW Government Hon. Andrew James Constance, MP opened the Australia-ASEAN Business Insights Dinner hosted by the Australia-ASEAN Business Advisory Council and King & Wood Mallesons Law Firm.ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion seated as one of the panelists for the ASEAN-Australia Business and Investment Insights. He is joined by Richard Henfrey (CEO of Blackmores), Martin Tricaud (CEO of HSBC), Brad Chan (CEO of Banna Property Group and Founder of Haymarket HQ) and Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid (President of ASEAN Business Club, Chairman of CB ASEAN Research Institute, Chairman of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad and Chairman of ASEAN BAC Malaysia).

Australia was the first dialogue partner of ASEAN when it comes to economic, trade, security and other development areas. Currently led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Australia continuous to be an ally of the region most especially in the area of micro and small entrepreneurs development.

Just recently, I flew to Sydney, Australia to join several engagements. One of our agenda in Sydney is to launch the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in partnership with Australia-ASEAN Business Council. This has been my continuing advocacy and the legacy project of the council during my 2017 ASEAN Business Advisory Council chairmanship.

Together with co-council members, we promoted AMEN in the following meetings: ASEAN-Australia Business Insights Dinner in King & Wood Mallesons, Australian Business Leaders’ Exchange with ASEAN Business Advisory Council in Intercontinental Hotel, and lastly in the ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum held in Sydney Startup Hub.

I was also invited to attend the Women in Business breakfast hosted by Lucy Turnbull, wife of Prime Minister Turnbull. Aside from that, I also attended the CEO Forum of Prime Minister Turnbull which was attended by selected business leaders from ASEAN and Australia. Other CEOs from the Philippines who joined were Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Tessie Sy-Coson, Lance Gokongwei, and Enrique Razon.

From all the engagements, I also met Dr. Robert Kahn, one of the fathers of internet who invented TCP/IP protocols used in the communication over internet. I invited him to come to the Philippines and if possible, join the digital conference that we are organizing.

We look forward to a stronger partnership and linkage between ASEAN and Australian entrepreneurs. Together, we can create a more sustainable environment for our MSMEs.

2nd ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum Panel on Mentorship for Entrepreneurs joined by ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair Joey Concepcion, Mark Gutowski (CEO of QUT Creative Enterprises Australia), Melissa Ran (Program Manager Global Founders of UNSW Founders Program), Lauren Montino (Community and Events Manager of Haymarket HQ) and Peter McKenna (Managing Director of Venturenauts). The panel moderated by Eleanor Mak (President of Australia-ASEAN Business Council) centered on the opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups in ASEAN and Australia.


ASEAN BAC Philippines Chair and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion together with Australian Business Leaders and ASEAN BAC Members headed by Chair Dr. Robert Yap officially launched the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) in Australia.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife, Ms. Lucy Turnbull hosted the Women in Business Breakfast forum. She was also joined by the wife of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mdm. Ho Ching. A panel discussion followed joined by Mr. Alan Joyce AC (CEO of Qantas), Ms. Susan Jenkin (CEO of Ironbank Citrus and Ironbank Lao), Ms. Shinta Widjaja Kamdani (Owner and CEO of Sintesa) and Ms. Pathana Panyathip (Owner and Co-founder of Panyathip International School).


Concepcion with Australian Senator and Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaila Cash.


Concepcion with Australian Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Amanda Gorely and Australian Ambassador to ASEAN H.E. Jane Duke.


Concepcion with one of the fathers of the internet, Dr. Robert Kahn.


Concepcion shared the value of mentoring during the 2nd ASEAN-Australia Entrepreneurs Business Forum Panel on Mentorship for Entrepreneurs.


Concepcion with Prime Minister of Cambodian H.E. Hun Sen and ASEAN-BAC Cambodia Member Sok Piseth


Concepcion with Prime Minister of Laos H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith


Concepcion with Prime Minister of Australian Malcolm Turnbull, ASEAN BAC Cambodia Council Member Sok Piseth


Concepcion with Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines Secretary Ramon Lopez


Concepcion with ASEAN-BAC Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Dr. Mohd Munir Abdul Majid and Malaysia Prime Minister His Excellency Najib Razak


Concepcion with the new ASEAN Secretry General Dato Lim Jock Hoi.